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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Leslie Ragde A. Sanchez Talavera

Areas of expertise

Bats Ecology, Forest and Agroecosystem Conservation, Corporate Responsibility, Community Relations, Development and Project Management


  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México-UAEM
  • M.Sc. in Biological Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM

Potential student research areas

  • Biodiversity inventories in fragments besides agroecosystems
  • Forest management plans
  • Bats living in houses near of banana plantations
  • Support to communities sustainable development projects
  • Plant biodiversity: natural regeneration vs. reforestation programs


Leslie has lived in Costa Rica for five years.  She worked with the Organization of Tropical Studies as Director’s Assistant of La Selva Biological Station.  Then, in 2008 she was in charge of the Nature and Community Project of Chiquita Brands Int., which is an initiative of Corporate Responsibility and involves conservation, education, community development and sustainability.  Since March 2011, she has been in charge of Chiquita Nature and Community Foundation in Costa Rica, and her responsibilities are fundraising, alliance, and proposals.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Jane Lindemann Doing field research with ACM Costa Rica was a dynamic, beautiful learning experience. I fell in love with Costa Rica's Pacific Coast sunsets, its rich rainforests, its unbelievably kind people, and many more of its amazing charms. In this program, I was able to carry out a research project under the guidance of an incredible adviser, live with a host family that I truly adored, and immerse myself in a lively, unique culture. I am forever indebted to Costa Rica because it showed me just how beautiful the world can be; my memories there have a permanent place in my heart.

—Jane Lindemann, Costa Rica, Spring 2014

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